How to Clean a Washing Machine

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Owning a washing machine may be all nice and helpful, because it does the entire cleaning job for you, but have you ever thought it may need cleaning and maintenance too? In this article, we’ll explore a few tips on how to clean a washing machine so that you can prolong its life and maintain it working at maximum performance.

Cleaning a washer sounds silly, but when you think of all the grime and dirt that cycles through it wash load after wash load, everything starts to make sense. All man-made machinery needs maintenance work, otherwise, they’ll expire long before their due date and you’ll be forced to purchase new ones. First, let’s look at how to clean a washing machine with a top-loader. Just like in the case of an automobile, you have to take a look under your washing machine’s hood to figure out how things stand and if something needs cleaning or repairing. So here’s what you do: fill your top-load washing machine with hot water, then add one quart of chlorine bleach and let the machine agitate for a minute. Then let it sit for an hour, but don’t add any detergents! After an hour has passed, allow the washing machine to go through its longest wash and spin cycle. Immediately fill the washer with hot water again, then add one quart of distilled white vinegar. Let it agitate for one minute then let it sit for an hour, again. The bleach and vinegar kill any bacteria, soap scum and mineral deposits from the wash basket and hoses. If you live in an area with hard water it’s indicated you repeat this process every three months, as a regular washing machine should be cleaned at least twice a year. While the machine is soaking, dip a scrubbing sponge in the vinegar/water mix and with it thoroughly clean every nook and cranny on your washing machine. After the whole vinegar treatment, repeat the longest wash cycle and you’re done.

Now we’re going to learn how to clean a washing machine with a front loader. Again, you fill the washing machine with hot water on the largest load setting, being careful no laundry is in there. Add two cups of vinegar to the water, as this will get rid of odor problems. Allow the washing machine to go through a complete wash and rinse cycle, then fill it a second time with hot water on the largest load setting. Now you add two cups of bleach, which will remove any stains and allow again for the longest cycle.

Learning how to clean a washing machine with front load is easy, but remember to also inspect the rubber door seal for mold or mildew, in which case you should clean it with a mix of one cup of liquid chlorine bleach and a gallon of warm water.